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Tribes want investigation into Village Council spending

BETHEL — Leaders of four village tribes are calling for an investigation into the Association of Village Council Presidents and its spending of federal funds.

Documents obtained by KYUK-AM appear to show almost a decade of misspent federal grant dollars. Despite a federal official denying a formal request from council president Myron Naneng, three $250,000 checks from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families account went to a flight school.

A financial report showed TANF funds being used to pay a quarter of AVCP's Social Services Director Pat Samson's $96,000-plus salary, with former vice president Zach Brink saying Samson did a lot of work related to TANF. Emails show then-AVCP grants compliance officer Hansel Mathlaw raisied concerns about the pay in 2008.


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